Lensball photography experiment

Lensballs, glass ball photography, cyrstal ball photography – what ever the name given to this style of photography, it seems to be becoming more and more popular with each passing day.

With the Covid 19 lockdown like everyone else I have loads of time on my hands even though my web design work has not entirely dried up. All my photographs on this website recently have been taken on my lockdown exercise walks. I am very lucky where I live as there is beautiful walks nearby, however, It's good to experiment and learn new skills now and again. I have seen lots of lensball photographs on Instagram, so I purchased my own cheap crystal ball to experiment with.

Lensball photography uses refraction which is the phenomenon that causes a light ray to bend when it hits an optical lens surface (or other medium that can act to transmit light e.g. water). Wikipedia has an article about refraction, the article can be found here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Refraction

This is one of my first photos. Our wisteria in our back garden is looking particularly impressive at the moment, it looks quite cool photographed through a lensball.

I bought my cheap lensball at Amazon here is the link(non affliate) https://www.amazon.co.uk/

To continue this experiment I want to get my hands on a macro lens to enable me to get the camera closer to the lensball. Getting closer to the ball would allow me to get an even softer background. I sold my my macro lens last year as I never used it.

Camera Settings

The camera settings used on this photo are as follows:
Camera Model: Nikon Z6
Lens: Nikkor 24-70mm F4
Aperture: F22
Focal Length: 70mm
ISO: 100
Shutter Speed: 1/100 sec

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